CORT Acquires Lounge22 Rental Business

According to a press release issued today, CORT has acquired the rental operations of Lounge22, including product and exclusive rights to market the rental brand on a global basis. CORT is a subsidiary of Wesco Financial Corporation which is an 80 percent owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Last week, Berkshire Hathaway filed a disclosure with the SEC indicating that it will attempt to acquire the 20 percent of Wesco that it does not already own. Read this article for more details.

Wesco Financial’s Results Improve Despite Continued Weak Sales at CORT

Wesco Financial Corporation reported improved results (pdf) for the second quarter of 2010 with net income rising to $31.3 million compared with $12.9 million for the second quarter of 2009. The improved performance is primarily attributed to the stronger underwriting results of Wesco’s insurance business along with the impact of cost cutting measures at the company’s CORT furniture rental unit. While CORT posted net income of $6.7 million for the quarter compared to $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2009, sales were slightly lower although management states that “core rental revenues” have shown recent improvements. Read this article for a summary of Wesco’s Q2 results.

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